The Back & Neck Pain Blog

Rainy Days and Arthritis: Is There a Link?

June 14, 2013

If you ask this question to those with arthritis, many of them would say yes. Some of them would tell you that their symptoms feel worse in cold, rainy days than in warm, sunny days. A theory of this link is that bad weather causes the air pressure to drop. And the drop of the air pressure causes the tissues around the arthritis joints to swell, which makes the pain worse.

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What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

January 21, 2013

Degenerative disc disease refers to the gradual deterioration of the intervertebral disc. The intervertebral disc consists of a soft central part called the nucleus and a tough outer ring called the annulus. A healthy disc is basically made up of water, a group of fibrous protein called collagen, and another class of protein called proteoglycan. As we age, the disc begins to lose its water content and gradually becomes dehydrated.

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Back Pain Prevention in Cold Weather

January 18, 2013

Unless you live in a warm climate where flowers still bloom and you can still enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, you may find that winter is just not the most pleasant season. First of all, winter limits the number of opportunities for outdoor activities like walking and cycling, which is good for our health. For many people, taking a walk in the winter is simply a dreadful thing to do.

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7 Tips for Managing Holiday Back and Neck Pain

December 3, 2012

The holidays are coming up. As the song sings, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. However, the holidays are also known as stressful times. There are so many things to do: clean the house, buy holiday presents, arrange family gatherings, and cook holiday meals. The list goes on. The endless to-do list unfortunately can cause stress, anxiety, as well as back and neck pain.

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